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can we really sleep our way to the stars?
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can we really sleep our way to the stars?

Imagine being able to sleep for months, if not years, waking up orbiting another world. But is this just wishful thinking, or can humans really learn to hibernate?

why we need to forget about terraforming
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why we need to forget about terraforming

Science fiction and popular science say that we can change other worlds to be like ours. In reality, that will be a terrible idea.

how the lack of gravity can scramble your brain
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how the lack of gravity can scramble your brain

When you’re not being firmly planted onto a solid surface by gravity, it’s not just your bones and muscles that suffer. It takes a toll on your brain too.

forget giant domes, cities on other worlds will fit their environments
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forget giant domes, cities on other worlds will fit their environments

There are good reasons why designs for human outposts on other planets are starting to look nothing like the typical science fiction tropes with which we’ve grown up.

world of weird things podcast: why space travel makes you care about the earth
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world of weird things podcast: why space travel makes you care about the earth

Critics of space exploration say we need to fix Earth before aiming for the stars, but science shows that space travel makes you care much more about the planet’s future.

why we may want to settle on the moon and titan before mars
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why we may want to settle on the moon and titan before mars

Science fiction taught us that humanity’s next destination in space should be Mars, but science disagrees.

why space travel makes you more of an environmentalist
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why space travel makes you more of an environmentalist

Astronauts get a very rare and unique perspective on our planet, one in which our world isn’t just a steppingstone to the stars, but a fragile home to be protected.

what the coronavirus mass quarantine can teach us about space travel
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what the coronavirus mass quarantine can teach us about space travel

If we're going to explore space, we have to prepare for long periods of isolation and boredom. Can social distancing during this pandemic teach us how to deal with them?

actually no, white dwarfs aren’t ideal when looking for alien life
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actually no, white dwarfs aren’t ideal when looking for alien life

Looking for dying civilizations huddling around a cooling ember of a star isn't just a depressing idea, it's shortsighted science that dismisses life's ability to invent and innovate.

why the myth of nasa’s $165 million space pen just won’t die
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why the myth of nasa’s $165 million space pen just won’t die

The long-debunked story of NASA buying ridiculously expensive pens is just too gratifying for some people to pass up.

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